Archive for December, 2011

  • (Okay, this is excessively nerdy talk meant primarily for the InDesign-heads out there. It’s also incomplete. There are a TON of reasons I love GREP styles, but here I’m gonna focus on one.) A few versions back, InDesign added these things called GREP styles, which use the pattern-matching power of regular expressions to cause formatting to [...]

    Why I Love GREP Styles

    (Okay, this is excessively nerdy talk meant primarily for the InDesign-heads out there. It’s also incomplete. There are a TON of reasons I love GREP styles, but here I’m gonna focus on one.) A few versions back, InDesign added these things called GREP styles, which use the pattern-matching power of regular expressions to cause formatting to [...]

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  • Fred has opened the door to pitches for a book of Don't Rest Your Head hacks, which is a fantastic idea.  You can find out more details, you can check out his post, and if the idea appeals to you, I strongly encourage you to consider writing a pitch.I'...

    A Pitch In The Dark

    Fred has opened the door to pitches for a book of Don't Rest Your Head hacks, which is a fantastic idea. You can find out more details, you can check out his post, and if the idea appeals to you, I strongly encourage you to consider writing a pitch.I'...

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  • Dear Deadly, Licenses seem to be a mixed blessing in the industry. Clearly a popular license can increase sales, but the difficulty in getting stuff reviewed and the delays that can introduce seem to be a huge burden, above and beyond the cost of the license. I know that you had an “in” with the [...]

    Dear Deadly: Are Major Licenses Worth It?

    Dear Deadly, Licenses seem to be a mixed blessing in the industry. Clearly a popular license can increase sales, but the difficulty in getting stuff reviewed and the delays that can introduce seem to be a huge burden, above and beyond the cost of the license. I know that you had an “in” with the [...]

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  • So I’ve recently been pushing hard to make sure Evil Hat has enough plates spinning at once that we’ll have a pretty steady (if a bit irregular) slate of releases once the projects start reaching their conclusions. This means I have a spreadsheet with about a baker’s dozen projects listed in it, all in various [...]

    State of the Hat: 2012 and Beyond

    So I’ve recently been pushing hard to make sure Evil Hat has enough plates spinning at once that we’ll have a pretty steady (if a bit irregular) slate of releases once the projects start reaching their conclusions. This means I have a spreadsheet with about a baker’s dozen projects listed in it, all in various [...]

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  • Recently I realized I was out of my depth when it came to doing graphic design on the cards for Race to Adventure, and brought Daniel Solis on board to do the work. It’s absolutely been proving out as the right decision. Daniel’s bringing a level of polish to the cards that I think would have eluded [...]

    Fear vs Caution

    Recently I realized I was out of my depth when it came to doing graphic design on the cards for Race to Adventure, and brought Daniel Solis on board to do the work. It’s absolutely been proving out as the right decision. Daniel’s bringing a level of polish to the cards that I think would have eluded [...]

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  • Today, I want to talk about elves.When you sit down to make your own fantasy setting, whether for publication or just for your own game, the simple reality is that you stand under the twin shadows of Tolkien and D&D.   They set an expectation for what ...

    About Those Elves

    Today, I want to talk about elves.When you sit down to make your own fantasy setting, whether for publication or just for your own game, the simple reality is that you stand under the twin shadows of Tolkien and D&D. They set an expectation for what ...

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  • I made a reference to something in comments on Friday which I realized is not an actual colloquialism, so I want to unpack it a little bit, since I think it's a powerful, useful idea.I am not a huge jazz fan.  There's some stuff I like, but it's never ...

    Jazz Rules

    I made a reference to something in comments on Friday which I realized is not an actual colloquialism, so I want to unpack it a little bit, since I think it's a powerful, useful idea.I am not a huge jazz fan. There's some stuff I like, but it's never ...

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  • Want a quick litmus test for the health of your game? Ask one of your players how many NPCs they can name.  If that number can be counted on one hand, that's a red flag.This may seem counterintuitive at first - after all, games are about the characters...

    Counting Noses

    Want a quick litmus test for the health of your game? Ask one of your players how many NPCs they can name. If that number can be counted on one hand, that's a red flag.This may seem counterintuitive at first - after all, games are about the characters...

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  • I've always found the idea of feats more compelling than the reality.  As I conceive them, I expect them to have a strong signature. That is, I expect them to really be strong differentiators, something that really calls out a clear distinction between...

    Feats and Faces

    I've always found the idea of feats more compelling than the reality. As I conceive them, I expect them to have a strong signature. That is, I expect them to really be strong differentiators, something that really calls out a clear distinction between...

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  • One of the jokes about older versions of D&D is that there was nothing more deadly to a wizard than a bag full of housecats. It's a double edged joke (made utterly unfunny in explaining) that highlighted both the fragility of wizards, who had trivi...

    A Bag Full Of Cats

    One of the jokes about older versions of D&D is that there was nothing more deadly to a wizard than a bag full of housecats. It's a double edged joke (made utterly unfunny in explaining) that highlighted both the fragility of wizards, who had trivi...

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